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Colombia posts lowest murder rate in 10 years: officials

23 july 2014, 10:03

Homicides in Colombia fell to their lowest rate in a decade, plummeting more than nine percent in 2013 compared to the previous year, AFP reports citing officials.

The government-run Forensic Medicine Institute wrote in its annual report that there were 14,294 homicides across Colombia last year, 1,433 fewer than in 2012.

The figures show the continuation in recent years of a steady and significant decline in the murder rate in this Andean country famous for drug-related killings.

The decline in homicides notwithstanding, Colombia remains one of the world's most violent countries.

It registered more than 30 murders per 100,000 inhabitants according to United Nations figures, compared to a world average of six killings per 100,000.

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